Post # 1
I had a really tough picking music for my wedding because it is really important to me, but the type of music I like (more indie/alternative) isn’t for everyone. I didn’t want to torture our guests, so we had a nice mix of songs we liked and more popular music as well. I thought I would pass along some of our choices in case anyone else is having the same problem…and if you want additional suggests, let me know! 🙂
Processional: instrumenal version of Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie (really pretty and not super recognizable – I think only one of our guests knew it who was a super fan)
Bride: instrumental version of Say Yes by Eliott Smith (sounds very upbeat and I think it’s pretty original – don’t know anyone else who has used this!)
Recessional: All You Need is Love by The Beatles (a classic)
Announced into Reception: Such Great Heights by The Postal Service (great, fun introduction song)
First dance: First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes (really sweet and appropriate without being too sad or sappy)
Cake cutting: Love You Madly by Cake (I think many people use this, but I’d never seen if done before – it’s a fun song and definitely worth checking out)
Post # 3
@MrsBeach: All great songs/artists! Also, I love the idea of using instrumental versions of songs. It makes them much more wedding-friendly. I have a friend who is a huge Weezer fan & they played only instrumental Weezer songs during the ceremony. Surprisingly, it blended quite seamlessly!
I agree that it’s hard to squeeze in those indie/alt. songs… Even the people who know them probably aren’t going to want to dance to them. It’s good that you’re flexible, though, & willing to play what people want to hear!
One song that I desperately want to incorporate is Jeff Mangum’s version of I Love How You Love Me (even considered it for our first dance), but I’m worried that the older folks will think it’s terrible & that a lot of our guests just won’t *get* it the way I do. You should listen to it & tell me what you think!
Post # 4
@Mouse217: Absolutely beautiful! I love that version! I had never heard it before. If I were you, I would definitely use it. I think the song is so sweet and so obviously about love that everyone will get it even if they aren’t necessarily into the sound of Jeff Mangum’s voice (though I totally am!). Would you use it for your first dance? I think you can totally do whatever you want for that anyways. We had the same concerns with the songs we like and knew that Conor Oberst, like Jeff Mangum, has a distinct voice that not everyone would be crazy about. It was a sweet song though and I think people can appreciate that. Then we totally mixed in things through out the playlist that were more “us”. We did make sure they they weren’t TOO out there or offensive in any way (swearing, etc…like I really love “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams but knew I couldn’t pass that off, haha!). We threw in some like the Magnetic Fields version of “Book of Love” and a few others that I knew wouldn’t be hugely popular, but were completely fine for background dinner music.
Post # 5
I don’t know if my taste is so much indie but folksy. We included some contemporary music in our wedding and reception as well. I used Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues album as seating music for the ceremony, Iron and Wine’s Loves and Some Verses and the processional, Jack Johnson’s Angel (per husband’s request) as the bridal processional, Regina Spektor’s cover of Real Love for the first dance, Belle and Sebastian’s My Wandering Days are Over for the cake cutting… I’m also a fan of older rock, so there was a lot of Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Beatles, ect.
Post # 6
I keep going back to it when I think about the first dance song, for sure. It’s like the perfect dress… it’s just always there in the back of my mind. I’m glad you like it! I agree that his voice has that perfectly imperfect tone, much like Conor’s.
I LOVE your ideas! It sounds like you’re doing a good job of keeping it crowd friendly, but not compromising your own tastes. Slow-paced ones are perfect for cocktail hour, dinner, etc. That’s my plan as well. Sneak ’em all in there early on. Ha ha
@peasantsong: Sounds like you’ve got mighty fine taste in music, & that your wedding was a splendid affair!